Check out these books for Summer for kids of all ages!
Book for Babies
Pack a beach bag and join Baby for that quintessential summer activity: a day at the seashore. With a new little pal in tow, it's time to put on sunscreen (rubby, rubby), set up the umbrella (ouch, this sand is hot!), splash in the waves (run away from the big ones!), and build a sandcastle (extra hands help!). And don't forget ice cream! Thankfully, there's a shower for rinsing off that sandy, sticky stuff. There's so much to do and see that it might be a challenge to get these babies back home!
A fun, sturdy novelty board book with 13 sliding doors! Toddlers will love casting their vote as they "slide-and-vote" in everyday situations like striped or polka dot socks in the morning, vanilla or chocolate ice cream at snack time, and many more exciting choices every kid faces throughout the day. This sturdy board book is a great way to encourage toddlers to always cast their votes, despite how ordinary or tiny the decision may seem!
With simple, fun text, this colorful board book introduces preschoolers to shapes. A helpful "picture list" on every spread includes each new item with the featured shape, making it easy for small children to grasp the concept. Sails that snap, snow-filled peaks rising high, and scales on a roaring dinosaur: what do they have in common? They all make triangles! From ice cream cones to a dinosaur's scales, discover the many places where you'll find this shape.
Books for Toddlers
At a busy street market, kids eating ice cream exclaim, "Yum!" in English, "Geshmak!" in Yiddish, and "Nam-nam!" in Danish. But disaster strikes when a little dog overturns a spice cart, showering pepper on everyone's ice cream. Will the kids end up crying, "Hai hai," or cheering, "¡Yupi!"?
Books for Preschoolers
Follow along with our narrator as he passes through his busy neighborhood in search of the Paletero Man. But when he finally catches up with him, our narrator's pockets are empty. Oh no! What happened to his money? It will take the help of the entire community to get the tasty treat now.
Books for School-Age
Cuando visitamos a abuelo, lo ayudo a vender frutas, pregonando los nombres de cada una mientras caminamos: nuestros pasos repican como tambores, nuestras manos, cual maracas, agitan las brillantes siluetas de las frutas mientras cantamos...con ritmo 'Mango limón coco melón naranja toronja plátano piña' ...Vivo lejos de abuelo, pero podemos cantar rimas de ida y vuelta entre nuestros dos países, nuestros versos en papel vuelan como aves cantoras, cada sílaba un abrazo hecho de palabras.
While visiting her abuelo in Cuba, a young girl helps him sell frutas, singing the name of each fruit as they walk, and after she returns to the United States, they exchange letters made of abrazos--hugs. Includes historical and cultural notes.
When Grandma gives you a lemon tree, definitely don't make a face! Care for the tree, and you might be surprised at how new things, and new ideas, bloom. When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. In this imaginative take on that popular saying, a child is surprised (and disappointed) to receive a lemon tree from Grandma for her birthday. After all, she DID ask for a new gadget! But when she follows the narrator's careful--and funny--instructions, she discovers that the tree might be exactly what she wanted after all. This clever story, complete with a recipe for lemonade, celebrates the pleasures of patience, hard work, nature, community ... and putting down the electronic devices just for a while.
You've heard of the man in the moon, you might have heard that the moon is made of cheese, and you may or may not have heard of the moon rabbit. In Korean folklore, as well as in folklore from other east Asian countries, they tell tales of a rabbit whose great generosity and sacrifice was honored by having his likeness added to the moon. This is a quiet, weird and wonderful book about a sweltering hot summer night--it's too hot to sleep, too hot to do anything. Everyone has their a.c. running, their fridge doors open, and their windows shut to keep the heat at bay. It is so hot, that the moon begins to melt, in slow drips. Granny hears the drips and runs out to catch the falling moon drops in a bucket. Back in her apartment she puzzles over what to do with the melted moon, and an idea pops into her head -a moon pop idea! She decides the best thing to do is to make popsicles. When all of the whirring and buzzing of the a.c.'s and fridges cause a power outage, Granny hands the moon pops out to her neighbors and as they lick the popsicles, something magical begins to happen--the heat melts away. Everyone is finally asleep and happy... Almost everyone, that is. Two rabbits from the moon knock on Granny's door. They come from the moon and their home has melted away! Once again Granny puzzles over what to do until and idea sprouts in her head--a moon sprout idea! She pours the last few moon drops into a flower pot and puts it in the window. Like magic, it blossoms before their eyes and opens to the sky where suddenly the moon appears in a small speck of light, which grows and grows back into the full moon. The rabbits cheer and dance home to the moon, and Granny finally gets some sleep.